Billing and Payments
The billing and payment process will vary depending the specific study abroad program and on the student’s needs. It is important to communicate with your study abroad advisor, your program provider, and the university’s financial aid office to ensure you understand how billing and payments will work for you.
UMass Amherst Programs
Some of the fees for study on UMass programs are billed through the UMass Bursar’s Office, similar to a regular semester at UMass. Upon acceptance to the program, students will be given instructions to pay a non-refundable program deposit along with the Education Abroad fee to confirm their enrollment in their UMass program. Students will make the payment via a QuikPay link provided through their UMassAbroad application. Once students have committed to their study abroad program, SPIRE will be updated to reflect the billable costs associated with the program along with all prepayments that have been paid. Note that in many cases, UMass will bill only for tuition and fees; some fees such as housing may be billed by the host institution and must be paid directly by the student to the host institution. Other items such as meals and international airfare may need to be paid for out-of-pocket.
Students participating in partner programs must pay all fees directly to the program provider, according to the payment schedule of the program provider. The only UMass fee charged to students while on a Partner program is the Education Abroad fee. Once students have committed to their study abroad program, SPIRE will be updated to reflect this fee. Partner programs usually require a non-refundable deposit soon after notification of program acceptance.